Update below: Crow's suggestion too radical even for Rosie O'Donnell.
By now you've heard about the environmental dust-up between singer Sheryl Crow and GOP operative Karl Rove at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Crow wrote about the incident at Huffington Post. She also added a new posting to her Stop Global Warming College Tour blog that includes "easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution." [...]
I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required. When presenting this idea to my younger brother, who's judgement [sic] I trust implicitly, he proposed taking it one step further. I believe his quote was, "how bout just washing the one square out."
What do you think of this proposal?
Do they even need to ask?
Update 9:46 by Matthew Sheffield. The same blog entry highlighted by USA Today also includes two other genius ideas, wearing your hankerchief on your sleeve (literally), and giving a music contract to the winner of a contest to see who can live closest to a stone age lifestyle:
I also like the idea of not using paper napkins, which happen to be made from virgin wood and represent the height of wastefulness. I have designed a clothing line that has what's called a "dining sleeve." The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another "dining sleeve," after usage. The design will offer the "diner" the convenience of wiping his mouth on his sleeve rather than throwing out yet another barely used paper product. I think this idea could also translate quite well to those suffering with an annoying head cold.
This next idea I have been saving but I will share it with you if you promise not to steal it. It is my latest, very exciting idea for creating incentive for us all to minimize our own personal carbon footprints. It's a reality show. (I feel pretty certain NO ONE has thought of this yet!). Here is the premise: the contest consists of 10 people who are competing for the top spot as the person who lives the "greenest" life. This will be reflected in the contestant's home, his business, and his own personal living style. The winner of this challenging, prestigious, contest would receive what??.... a recording contract!!!!!
Update 2 (Ken Shepherd): NewsBusters contributor Lynn Davidson blogged about this earlier, although it was not front-paged. She has some more thoughts on the item. You can find her post here.
Update 3 (Ken Shepherd | 11:31): A few minutes ago on ABC's "The View," co-host Rosie O'Donnell joked that Crow's suggestion was ludicrous. I'll check against the tape, but it seems she said, "One square! Has she seen my a**?" exclaimed Rosie.
Update 4 (Ken Shepherd | 13:43): My colleague Justin McCarthy checked it against the tape. Here's Rosie's quip: "She wants everyone to use one square of toilet paper to wipe. [pause and wink] [singing] 'All I want to do is have some fun.' One little thing? Has she seen my a**?"
Update 5 (Matthew Sheffield | 18:21): Hot Air has the video of Rosie O'Donnell's reaction.